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Israel is prepping for possible fourth Covid vaccine dose

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Israeli woman receives third vaccine shot at Clait health clinic in Jerusalem.
Israel is making preparations to ensure it has sufficient vaccine supply in case a fourth round of Covid-19 shots is needed, the country's top health official said on Sunday. Health Ministry Director General Nachman Ash said in an interview with Radio 103FM:
"We don't know when it will happen; I hope very much that it won't be within six months, like this time, and that the third dose will last for longer."
Israel, which has mainly used the Pfizer Inc.-BioNTech SE vaccine, has so far inoculated about 2.8 million people with a third dose after beginning a drive to administer booster shots in August. Health officials have said the effects of the initial Covid-19 shots weaken five months after inoculation, making boosters necessary.

The U.S. and U.K. also plan to start offering booster shots later this month, while Europe is also considering third doses. That comes as the World Health Organization pleads for a moratorium on third shots. Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said last week that governments should wait at least until the end of this year so that poorer countries can get better access to vaccines.


Afghan women at university must study in female-only classrooms, Taliban say

Taliban's acting Higher Education Minister Abdul Baqi Haqqani
The Taliban have announced that women in Afghanistan will only be allowed to study at university in gender-segregated classrooms and Islamic dress will be compulsory, stoking fears that a gender apartheid will be imposed on the country under the new regime.

On Saturday, the Taliban raised their flag over the presidential palace on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, signalling that their work governing the newly formed Islamic emirate had begun. The white banner bearing a Qur'anic verse was hoisted by Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, the prime minister of the interim Taliban government.

That same day, Rohullah Azizi, the brother of the former vice-president and anti-Taliban resistance leader Amrullah Saleh, was shot dead at a Taliban checkpoint. Saleh has declared himself the legitimate acting president of Afghanistan, and has been leading the embattled forces resisting the Taliban in Panjshir.

The international community has been keeping a close watch on how the new, all-male, Taliban regime is treating Afghan women in order to gauge just how much the Taliban's pledges of moderation are a reality.

In one of the first policies announced by the Taliban, the higher education minister, Abdul Baqi Haqqani, laid out a series of rules that will govern women's access to higher education in Afghanistan.

Comment: New rules: one step forward, two steps back.
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Hundreds of Afghan women wearing full-face veils forced to take part in pro-Taliban rally outside a university flanked by armed fanatics.
The Taliban's acting education minister, Abdul Baqi Haqqani, while laying out the new policy at a news conference in Kabul, defended the segregation of students by gender, contending that coeducation is against Islamic tenants and Afghan cultural traditions.

The minister said that only women teachers will be allowed to teach female students and there will be no shortage of women teachers. But, if it is really required, men will also be permitted to teach women without violating Islamic law.

"They (male teachers) can also teach but in accordance with Sharia. They should teach from behind a curtain or use (video) screens and other such facilities," Haqqani said.

He stressed his government intends to preserve the gains Afghanistan has made in the education sector over the past 20 years but there will be no coeducation in the country.

Since returning to power nearly a month ago, the Taliban have promised to defend human rights and allow women to study or work so they can remain part of the global community and continue to receive financial assistance to deal with multiple crises facing the country.

Haqqani said that gender segregation would be enforced across the county and all subjects being taught currently would also be reviewed in the coming months. He did not elaborate.


LA Times columnist calls Larry Elder 'very real threat to communities of color'

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Candidate for Governor of California Larry Elder
Los Angeles Times columnist Jean Guerrero said on Sunday that California Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder poses a "very real threat to communities of color."

Guerrero appeared on CNN's Reliable Sources to speak about the September 14 California governor recall election. Host Brian Stelter questioned Guerrero about Elder, the Republican frontrunner who has faced intense criticism from the Los Angeles Times and other media outlets in the past.

Stelter asked whether Elder is acting on a "Trump playbook" in the state to avoid the often negative media coverage of him. Guerrero agreed, claiming that Elder has only appeared and spoken with right-wing media pundits.

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Hearts and minds? 'F*ck Joe Biden' chants reported again at college football stadiums

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College football crowds have voiced their disapproval of president Joe Biden.
Chants of 'F*ck Joe Biden!' were again reported at packed-out college football stadiums at the weekend in protest at the current US president, in an action that is starting to become a regular fixture in the new season.

Week One saw at least four different incidents of the chant ringing out.

The first was recorded at the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers' 21,000-capacity Brooks Stadium as they beat The Citadel 52-14, with footage shared online.

Light Saber

Rose McGowan calls out California governor at rival's press conference, says his wife was one of Weinstein's 'treacherous' allies

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California Governor Gavin Newsom and wife Jennifer Siebel Newsom applaud Kamala Harris in San Leandro, California
At a Sunday press conference, actress and activist Rose McGowan renewed her accusation that Gavin Newsom's wife tried to keep her quiet about Harvey Weinstein, and blasted Democrats and Hollywood over their complicity.

McGowan was joined by Republican Larry Elder, who is running against California Governor Newsom in the current recall election. She endorsed the GOP candidate and revealed she actually has a unique history with him, related to his time as a conservative talk radio host.

"I used to listen to Larry Elder after I'd drive home from the set," the Charmed actress said. "Sometimes I'd even pull over and use a fake name, usually Tracy, to call in."

Comment: McGowan continued her scathing indictment, extending it to the media coverage she and Elder have received:
"I did not slam BLM. I slammed arrogant white people for thinking black people give an F about them mattering to white liberals or racists," McGowan said, reacting to Fox News coverage of her joint media conference with California gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder. The news article she was angry about was headlined "Rose McGowan slams Black Lives Matter alongside Larry Elder: 'He might just know more than you.'"

The issue of Black Lives Matter was brought after Elder rebuked the Democratic party for "playing the race card" to boost the black vote, which he said went against progress in civil rights.

"Racial justice, that's what this party is all about. And they divided this country," he said. "We have far more in common than we have apart."

Elder said after electing a black person for president, Americans "can now deal with people based on the content of character, not the color of skin. Instead Democrats have doubled down... on things like Critical Race Theory and reparation."

As she supported the sentiment, McGowan predicted that "mostly white people who work in the media will disavow that. But understand who it's coming from and that he just might know more than you living in a different skin."

"Most people don't want to hear that. They want to hear that the more we micro-label each other, the better we'll be," she added. "If you truly want to get past racial barriers, be fair in coverage. Be honest."

McGowan sees American society as deeply corrupted, with powerful elites deliberately keeping the common people ignorant and divided so that they can be preyed upon with ease. Much of the activism ostensibly promoting racial justice is part of this system, she believes, treating people of color with condescension and pitting them and working class white people against each other.

A vocal critic of both major parties in the US, McGowan previously took flack from the Left for going to Fox News to denounce both Democrats and Republicans. The news channel is perceived as a dishonest mouthpiece of the GOP by many Democrats, so a person who gets involved with it, regardless of their past, gets instantly flagged as an enemy by the blue camp.

During the conference with Elder, McGowan called out this treatment, saying the left failed to see the partisanship of their own media sources. "You are a part of it," she said, addressing journalists, when talking about a "dirty fight" against Elder's candidacy. Elder was branded "the black face of white supremacy" by hostile media during the campaign.

"It does not make it OK that the New York Times has 98.5% of its readers identify as Democrats. But people yell about Fox News that only the Republicans are watching, right?" McGowan noted.

The newspaper's audience is strongly left-leaning, though not necessarily to the extent that McGowan stated. A Pew poll last year showed that 91% of people, who considered the Times their primary news source, were Democrats. The same metric for Fox News and Republicans was 93%.

2 + 2 = 4

Leftists have appointed themselves as our "cultural educators" - But they have nothing to teach

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It is often said that ignorance is the source of all evil, however, I find that the most destructive people in the world are not the most ignorant, but the most arrogant. Purely ignorant people are more likely to become victims, while arrogant people tend to have enough intelligence to knowingly absorb and regurgitate a particular dogma in a way that appeals to unsuspecting bystanders that were never given the tools to defend themselves. In other words, it's malicious "educators" that promote incendiary collectivism, usually by preying on those that lack the armor of reason. Ignorance is encouraged by these supposed teachers as a marinade; it tenderizes their victims and makes them ready to absorb more and more cultism.

Their arrogance is the key to all of this because these folks are really just middlemen for an agenda that is ultimately designed to harm them. They see themselves as brilliant minds that cannot be denied; they think they are the prophets of our age. They do what they do because they have a bias or hatred of independent thought, or, they believe they are earning a seat at the table of power by evangelizing for totalitarianism. The reality is that the globalist establishment will throw the leftists away as soon as they have what they want. History shows us that the most devout messengers of totalitarian regimes are usually lined up against a wall and shot once the revolution is achieved, but their hubris blinds them to this inevitable outcome.


Siberian passenger plane crash kills 4 - Czech-built L-410 aircraft reportedly landed in Taiga & 'caught fire'

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FILE PHOTO: an L-410 aircraft belonging to a Russian regional airline company.
A Czech-built L-410 light transport plane crashed as it attempted to land at a remote eastern Siberian airport, on Sunday. Four people on board, including one of the pilots, died while 12 others were hurt in the incident.

Operated by local company Sila Airlines, the aircraft was flying from the city of Irkutsk to a regional airport in Kazachinskoye, located some 500 kilometers to the northeast. According to Russian prosecutors, the pilots tried to do a go-around but the plane eventually missed the landing strip and crashed in the taiga some four kilometers away from the airport. RIA Novosti has reported that it "caught fire."

According to media reports, at least 16 people, including two crew members, were on board. Four of them died in the crash while the others were injured. Emergency services and rescue teams were immediately dispatched to the site, the Russian Emergencies Ministry said.

Comment: Amidst an apparent uptick in fires and explosions, plane crashes seem to be in the news a lot, too: A SOTT report from 2015: SOTT Exclusive: The sky's the limit? Aircraft crashes and accidents for June


Australian police force group raises thousands to legally challenge Covid-19 vaccination mandate

Queensland Police
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Queensland police officers have set up a fundraising page, garnering money to hire a lawyer and challenge the mandating of vaccines for law enforcement employees. They say the new directive "infringes upon the right to freedom."

The initiative, coming from "a group of concerned Queensland police officers and their families," had raised over $45,000 by Saturday - twice as much as their initial goal.

Police officers, who claim the matter "is not pro- or anti- vaccine," say they need the money to get legal help and work with a law practice to challenge a recently introduced measure to fight the spread of coronavirus. According to the newly implemented directive from the Queensland Police Service (QPS) Commissioner Katarina Carroll, "the entire workforce in all QPS workplaces within the next five months" must be subjected to vaccinations and be fully inoculated by January next year.

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Explosion tears through 3 floors of apartment block in Georgia, US, 20 other buildings damaged

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Officials on scene have indicated that at least four people have suffered injuries as a result of the blast. It's unclear whether the incident prompted any fatalities, but first responders have stated that two individuals remain unaccounted for.

An explosion rocked an apartment building in a northern suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, on Sunday, the Dunwoody police department said.

"We are on scene with the Dekalb Co. and Sandy Springs Fire Dept. This is a very active scene and the cause of the explosion is under investigation", the police tweeted.

Comment: The uptick in explosions and fires is certainly beginning to add up: See also: SOTT Exclusive: The growing threat of underground fires and explosions

Mr. Potato

Brian Stelter hit with epic social media ratio for quoting story claiming US leaders were 'in the bunker' on 9/11

Brian Stelter CNN
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CNN’s Brian Stelter was confronted by a C-SPAN caller who told him the network is “dividing our nation."
'Have some respect if you have no shame,' one social media user responded

CNN's Brian Stelter was slammed for tweeting out a piece from the Associated Press claiming network TV anchors were "the closest thing that America had to national leaders on 9/11."

"Most Americans were guided through the unimaginable by one of three anchors: Tom Brokaw of NBC News, Peter Jennings of ABC and Dan Rather of CBS," AP writer David Bauder wrote.

Stelter added his own two cents that "political leaders were in bunkers or otherwise out of sight" during the terror attacks, which occurred 20 years ago on Saturday.

Comment: A few more: